Our Story

WE TEACH ARTISTS HOW TO

BUILD COMMUNITY AND MAKE A LIVING

Most artists generate less than a quarter of their income through their art. More than two million people have art degrees, yet only 8% make a living as artists — and that’s just in the United States. There is a void in the arts. We are working to fill it.

Sources: Paying Artists, BFAMFAPhD

What We Do  

To thrive as an artist or arts organization, you need to reach an audience and generate sustainable income. We believe online tools and community funding are the future of arts sustainability and we are here to equip artists for this future. With a combined 30 years of experience in art-making, communications, web strategy, online fundraising, education, and media production for the arts, we will help you use online tools to grow your community and make a living doing what you love. Over the last four years, we've helped artists raise a total of 1.5 million dollars (and counting) towards their crowdfunding projects. We’ve distilled this knowledge into a series of fun and helpful online courses. Click here to learn more about our courses!

How We Do It  

Education

We’re creating a series of affordable online courses to empower artists with the knowledge needed for financial sustainability. As we grow, we’re partnering with everyone from fellow artists to lawyers to technology leaders to assemble a complete curriculum for independent artists.

Research

Artists using the internet to make a living is a new phenomenon. The tools and techniques that work for artists are evolving quickly and our research needs to evolve just as fast. We use our extensive research as the foundation for our courses, workshops, and webinars. We also share what we find for free on our journal!

Community

We’re a learning community — here’s what that means: our courses are built to create evolving dialogue. The challenges facing artists can’t be solved in a vacuum; we need everyone to share what’s working and what’s not. On our forums, you can meet and talk with other artists, ask questions, and tell your stories. 

 WHO WE ARE 

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Siena Oristaglio

is a queer artist, educator, and communications specialist. She has ten years of experience in communications and has led international campaigns with coverage in outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post. As Director of Communications for Marina Abramovic Institute, she ran the non-profit’s successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign, raising over $660,000 in 30 days. Siena has been a presentation leader at the The Museum of Fine Arts, New York University, MoMA, MoMA PS1, and Necker Island, among others. Pronouns: they/them/she/her.

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Karina Vahitova

is a post-Soviet queer poet, a cautious art historian, writer, and dancer from Kiev, Ukraine. She has previously worked with Opportunity Project (helping to develop healing art therapy programs for individuals with brain damage), Studio Formichetti, and Bullett Magazine. Before founding The Void Academy, she led and managed the global research and performance art archive project at Marina Abramovic Institute. She has worked with a broad network of international emerging and established collaborators within the arts and sciences. Pronouns: she/her.

An Interview with Void Academy Co-Founder Noah Blumenson-Cook

Noah Blumenson-Cook

 is an artist, technologist, and media producer. His video work has been featured by V Magazine, Complex, Spin, MTV and the Logo network. He has more than 15 years of experience in the technology sector, working principally with universities, arts organizations, and technology companies. As technology consultant for MIT's Center for Civic Media at the Media Lab, he focused on project implementation and funding strategies for new ideas in civic journalism and online engagement. Pronouns: he/him/they/them.

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Winter Mendelson

 is a genderqueer writer, editor, producer, and creative director. They are the Digital Media Strategist for The Void Academy as well as the Founder of Posture Magazine, a digital and biannual print publication that explores identity through fashion and artistic practice.Winter has been featured in major publications such as NY Mag’s The Cut, Vice’s Creator’s Project, Huffington Post, OUT, Bust, Curve, and more. When they are not lost in the wonderful world of digital and print media creation, Winter is reading nonfiction, watching films, looking for animals to cuddle with, and planning their next adventure. Pronouns: they/them.

 

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